6 habits of intentional leaders

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[vimeo id="80827044"] Great leaders are intentional about a lot of things, but that doesn’t make them an intentional leader. Let me explain…

Leaders are often very calculated about the decisions they make for their businesses or ministries. They’re thoughtful about doing whatever it takes to achieve success. And while they may be deliberate about taking their organization to the next level, they lack intentionality in so many of the other things that are important about leadership.

Great leaders are intentional about every area of their life. They put just as much energy into investing in the person down the hall as they do the next big decision for their organization. They understand that learning and growing is something that never stops.

Here are a few ways great leaders are intentional in everything they do:

·       Intentional leaders understand that leadership is earned. They understand that leadership isn’t about having a certain title. They realize that earning trust and respect comes from being a great leader, not having a leadership title.

·       Intentional leaders always invest in others. They realize that part of their job is to make those around them better. There’s never a time when they’re not investing in others. The result? Their influence doesn’t end with them. It’s multiplied through the people they choose to invest in.

·       Intentional leaders find people to invest in them.  They also understand that they need other people to invest in them. They can’t pour everything they have into others without being filled by someone else. Great leaders find mentors who invest in multiple areas of their lives and help them maintain the balance that’s often compromised in leadership.

·       Intentional leaders know how to learn from their mistakes. They don’t just say, “We need to learn from this” - they know how to do it. They know what questions to ask and what steps to take after a mistake is made.

·       Intentional leaders use resources to make better decisions.They don’t make decisions on “gut reactions” or intuition. They leverage the tools available to learn from past experiences and gather relevant information to make the best decision.

·       Intentional leaders habitually challenge the status quo. They’re constantly asking, “Is there a better way?” They realize that complacency is dangerous for their organizations, their families, and their personal lives.

Becoming an intentional leader isn’t easy. It’s a choice you have to make every day. But the more you can get in the habit of doing these things, the more “intentionality” carries over into everything you do.

What are some other habits of intentional leaders?